Real Bodies pp 14-28 | Cite as

The Masculine Body

  • Sally Sheldon


Ironically, men’s bodies tend to be absent from much of contemporary feminist scholarship on the body. The attempt to develop explicitly feminist analyses of the body have — somewhat paradoxically — shored up the dualism which links bodies and bodily matters to women and femininity (Davis, 1997, p. 19).


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Further reading

  1. Butler, Judith, Bodies that Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex’ (New York and London: Routledge, 1993).Google Scholar
  2. An extremely interesting book which offers particularly useful insights on the relationship between sex and gender.Google Scholar
  3. Daniels, Cynthia, ‘Between Fathers and Fetuses: The Social Construction of Male Reproduction and the Politics of Fetal Harm’, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 22(3) (1997) 579–616.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. A very insightful and accessible paper dealing with antenatal harm and the differences in the ways in which male and female genitors are treated and represented in legal and broader cultural discourses.Google Scholar
  5. Davis, Kathy (ed.), Embodied Practices: Feminist Perspectives on the Body (London: Sage, 1997).Google Scholar
  6. A useful collection with an introduction which provides a very valuable overview of feminist work on the body.Google Scholar

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